Switch Render and the "Minenhund" (mine dog)
Another render of the switch - now with parallel sleepers:
The diverting rail has a radius of 200m, so this switch can be used on a normal route, not just in a yard.
And then we have a render of our version of the first ever depicted rail wagon, the "Minenhund" (mine dog), from De Re Metallica, Georg Agricola 1556. The images in his work are from Rudolf Manuel Deutsch.There are probably older mine carts, but this is the oldest known depiction of one.
And here our version:
Its a mine cart that is used in narrow tunnels were a wheelbarrow is too unwieldy. It has a nail and is used on two large bar-rails with a gap between, in which the nail prevents straying from that proto-rail (down in the dark, where the sun never shines...). According to Agricola it is the sound that this nail makes that reminded the miners of a whailing dog, so it became a mine hound. For ease of print and use we ommitted the nail.
The render shows that we also made the walls a bit thicker, so that it prints out. The real size is given as 4 * 2.5 foot (though its unclear what a foot exactly is in his part of Germany in 1556), so in 1:100 it looks rather fiddly. I will make some testprints and we will then decide wether we go for the more historical accurate thinner wands, or wether we keep it this way.